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Post by Goobie » Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:22 pm

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Build Thread Directory.


Page 1.-

Car Intro, Brief Plans For Car, Pictures On Day Of Purchase, Cleaning/Clay Barring, Headlight Restoring, LED 3rd Brake Light, Brakes Tear Down, New Brakes - Lines / Pads / Discs / Cailper Kit, Full Exhaust Replacment, Heat Wrapping, Wheel Arch Refurb, Engine Mounts.


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Coilovers And Fitting, Brakes Install, Spacers Install, Plastic Dip Wheels.

Page 3.-

Trim Refurb, Rooflining Retirm, Flocking Trim, Mz Style Rear Spats, Modded Front Number Plate Holder.

Page 4.-

Carbon Fibre Skinning, Coilovers Adjustment, Coil Packs / Leads & Plug Install.

Page 5.-

Carbon Fibre Skining Body Kit Trims, De-Chroming Body Kit Trim, Blacking out Rear Bumper Trim, Major Engine Servcing, Battery, Coolent, Oils, Filters, Pulley Belts.

Page 6.-

Mainfold Heat Wrap Removed, Full Detail Servicing Listed, Body Work - Boot Lid De-Badge Custom Smoothed, Parking Senors Kit, Rear Spats Primed, Interior Strip Down, Stereo Adapter Plate And Loom, Centre Console And A-Pillars Carbon Fibre Trim.

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MZ Style Rear Bumper Spats Painted, Factory Steering Wheel Retrim, How To Remove Steering Wheel Guide, Fitting Rear Flush Mount Parking Sensors, Rear Spats Fitted, License Plate Lights Refurbished, Rear End Of Car Completed, Front Flush Mounts Parking Sensors fitted.

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Carbon Fibre Centre Console Retrim, Racing Beat Front & Rear Anti Roll Bars, Racing Beat Front & Rear Adjustable Drop Links, Tein Mono Sport Coilovers and Tein EDFC Active Pro GPS, Carbon Fibre’d A-Pillars, Reprayed Silver Cetnre Trim To Gloss Black, Carbon Fibre’d Transmission Trim’d.

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Carbon Fibre Glove Box, Carbon Fibre Steering Wheel Cowling Trim, Carbon Fibre Centre Arm Rest, Milltek Exhaust.

Page 10.-

Refurbing/Polish Pettit Racing - Milltek Exhaust, Custom Ducktail Boot Build, Pettit Racing Exhaust Fitted And Sound Test Video, Racing Beat Oil Line Kit, Axial Flow Short Shifter, AEM X Series Gauges, Block8head Twin Air Gauge Pod, MX5 Gear Knob And Lockwood Mesh Grills.

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Ryan Rotary Performance Engine Mounts & Pulley Kit, New Personalised Number Plate, K Sport Big Brake Kit Front and Rear, AEM Induction Kit, Pro Alloy Radiator, Mishimoto Fan Shroud, S1 and S2 Radiators differences info, Racing Beat Aluminum Flywheel, Mazda Counter Weight, Hel Braided Line, Pettit Racing Titanium Nut, Flywheel Info, Pettit Racing Full Modular Exhaust System.

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Nitrous Oxide.

Spec List.-

Engine.

AEM Cold Air Induction Kit.
Pro Alloy Radiator.
Mishimoto Fan Shroud Kit.
RR R969 (D585-R) Coils.
Magnecor R-100 Leads.
NGK Spark Plugs.
Varta E23 Battery.
Greddy Magnetic Sump Plug.
ToyoSports Tubular Manifold.
Pettit Racing Modular Daul Silencer De-Cat.
Pettit Racing Modular Exhaust.
Removed SAI Pump.
Racing Beat Oil Line Kit.
Ryan Rotary Performance Engine Mounts.
Ryan Rotary Performance 4 Peice Pulley Set.


Transmission.

Axial Flow Short Shifter Kit.
Racing Beat Aluminum Lightweight Flywheel.
Genuine Mazda Counter Weight.
Pettit Racing Titanium E-Shaft Nut.
Hel Braided Clutch Line.


Brakes.

Front:
K Sport 8 Pot Calipers Red.
K Sport Braided Brake Lines To Suit.
K Sport 356mm Dia Two Peice Grooved Directional Vanes Vented Discs.

Rear:
K Sport 4 Pot Calipers Red.
K Sport Braided Brake Lines To Suit.
K Sport Optional Extra Parking Handbrake Feature.
K Sport 356mm Dia Two Peice Grooved Directional Vanes Vented Discs.

Pads:
TBC.


Suspension.

Tein Mono Sport Coilovers.
Tein EDFC Active Pro GPS kit.
Racing Beat Front Anti Roll Bar.
Racing Beat Rear Anti Roll Bar.
Racing Beat Front & Rear Adjustable Drop Links.
Eibach Pro Hub Centric Spacers.


Oil's & Fluids.

Fuchs Titan Syn Mc 10w-40 Engine Oil.
FL22 Engine Coolent.
Castro Syntrans 75w-90 GL-4 Gearbox Oil.
Motul 90Pa Diff Oil.
Comma DOT 5.1 Brake Fluid.


Lighting.

6000K HID Headlight Bulbs.
Osram LED Ice Side Lights.
Osram LED 6000k Number Plate Bulbs.
Cree LED Front Fog Lights.
Cree LED Rear Fog Light.
Cree LED Indicators.
Cree Reverse Lights.


Body/Exterior.

De-Chromed Trim.
De Badged.
Custom Chopped OE Front Number Plate Bracket.
MZ Style Rear Spats.
Boot Lid Badge Holes & High Level Brake Light Removed - Filled/Smoothed.
Rear Lower Bumper Insert Blacked Out.
Additional Second Full Body Kit Trim Set, - Carbon Fibre Skinned.
Flush Mount Parking Sensors, Front & Rear.
Lockwood Mesh Grill Protecter Set.


Interior.

Retrimed Headlining - Black Faux Suede.
Door Pillars Flocked, Black.
Rear Pillars Flocked, Black.
Front & Rear Headlining Lights Flocked, Black.
Carbon Fibre A-Pillars.
Carbon Fibre Centre Console
Custom Retirmed Factory Steering Wheel.
Block8head Twin Air Vent Gauge Pod.
AEM X Series Air Fuel Ratio Gauge.
AEM X Series Oil Temperature Gauge.
AEM X Series Oil Pressure Gauge.
AEM X Series OBD11 Gauge.
MX5 Slim Chrome Gear Knob.




Right, where to begin? So, quick history.

I owned a Grey (looks more brown colour to be honest.) 2009 RX8 R3 back in June 2011. Had it for about six months till I had enough of the gearbox problem that Mazda kept messing me about with and never got fixed, so I traded it in. Was all O.E. but had the wheels refurbish in Satin Black. Oddly enough, it's on the auto trader now for sale.

My old R3.-
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Now, to where I am today.

I've always kept an eye on the prices over the last couple of years and with the new tax system it makes having one of these as a project car easier. Now the R3's have gotten to a fairly cheapish price bracket now with what you get. I think they will problerly drop a little more in price, but I’m pretty sure these are certain to rise in value in a few years time.

Anyway, all that a side, I spent around three months looking for another R3 but this time in crystal white to which I found the one I have now. Normally I wouldn't have bought a car that was advised as this was that turned out in person to be in the condition what it really was, but still went ahead with it only because at the time I felt I got it at a good price and was within a resonable distance.

Now, this car was apparently a "no expense spared" car with all new brakes and tyres! This turn out to be just new pads on the rear, which was fitted back to front and a full set of budget tyres! I'm pretty sure the guy had never hand washed it him self either as the paint work was really bad and feels like sand paper if you rub your hand over it. Also found a few other niggly bits that want putting right on top to.

As I said, I wouldn't of normally bought a car that turn out like this, but again, it was purely right time and place for what I was looking for as my plan it take it apart and work on refreshing and replace where nessary as a little project.

So here's the plan, do everything where possible myself, refresh to as new condition and or replace broken parts with O.E. or upgraded parts and give it some subtle touches here and there. No real plans on going crazy with mods or chasing power figures, but I wouldn't rule that out.

The car.

I owned this car for about three months, think it was 1st May? (2016) Drove it home and that's where it sat since. Mazda RX8 R3 Crytal White with 40,700 miles and full service history.

Since buying it, I've slowly been buying and collecting parts for the refresh. Things have started to progress this last month and I will start posting up what I done etc on this thread as things get completed for those who are interested.

Thanks for reading and il get some pictures up shortly.

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Re: G's S2 R3 C/W Refresh Build Thread.

Post by SeeJay » Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:47 pm

Cool story,bro ;)

Look forward to seeing the progress :thumleft: Wish I'd made a project thread for mine,now..
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Re: G's S2 R3 C/W Refresh Build Thread.

Post by Goobie » Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:54 pm

And here it is the day I bought it.

Don't let the pictures fool you, it does appear to be nice and shiny but trust me, close up in the day light its was far from that.



Here on this picture, you can see the brake pads on the wrong way, ie the low level warning indicator sticking out the calliper!
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Post by SeeJay » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:00 pm

And the rust on the caliper :shock:

What info,if any,do you have on the coils?..if the car's had pads installed ar$e about face,and shod with budget rubber,I'm inclined to suspect the ignition system has gone unconsidered :-k

Since you've owned an '8 previously,I'm assuming you're already familiar with all the important stuff.. ;)
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Post by Goobie » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:13 pm

First things I did since day two was going over everything and start a list on parts to refresh etc.

First up for a proper wash, I gave the car a standard go over then targeted the door shuts, bonnets shuts, boot and arches. It took me nearly six hours of a lot of hot water etc scrubbing. My hands were so score the next day from pressing so hard to try remove it all. It looked as if it has sat under a tree for a year? The green was so tuff, I forgot to get picture as was to busy getting stuck in, but here one of the petrol cap area! It was just like this but all round the whole car.
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Post by Goobie » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:15 pm

SeeJay wrote:And the rust on the caliper :shock:

What info,if any,do you have on the coils?..if the car's had pads installed ar$e about face,and shod with budget rubber,I'm inclined to suspect the ignition system has gone unconsidered :-k

Since you've owned an '8 previously,I'm assuming you're already familiar with all the important stuff.. ;)
Hi, thanks for the comment. Yeah, I'm down with the cool kids on the RX, thanks. I'm actually on the GB list for the coils, hopefully will have them next week as still waiting on my call to make payment.

More updates on the way, the calipers don't look like that anymore thank god.

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Post by SeeJay » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:18 pm

Congrats on the dedicated hard work :thumleft:

Is the boot lid trim panel missing or had you just removed it :?:
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Post by Goobie » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:22 pm

Cleaning following on, my headlight and rear was covered in crap to that I couldn't get off so I used a Megiaurs headlight restorer kit, but instead of the sanding process, I just used the polishing parts and they come up really well. Forgot to snap the rears but here's the fronts.
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Post by Goobie » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:28 pm

SeeJay wrote:Congrats on the dedicated hard work :thumleft:

Is the boot lid trim panel missing or had you just removed it :?:
Thanks. I had removed it all to get the 3rd brake light out to clean it properly etc. I have an LED version in there now to match the tail lights.
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Post by SeeJay » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:34 pm

Goobie wrote:I have an LED version in there now..
Out of curiosity,where did you get the LED version :?:

I no longer run the OEM brakelight since there's an LED bar integral with the GTR spoiler,but my original boot lid is in storage and if it ever goes back on,I'd want to replace the 'bulb' version with LED..
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Post by kopite72 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:39 pm

good work,did you use claybar on her? if not it would have made shifting all the crap off her a lot easier plus the finish you get from claying the car is great.The paint comes up like glass,beautifully smooth
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Post by Goobie » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:43 pm

SeeJay wrote:
Goobie wrote:I have an LED version in there now..
Out of curiosity,where did you get the LED version :?:

I no longer run the OEM brakelight since there's an LED bar integral with the GTR spoiler,but my original boot lid is in storage and if it ever goes back on,I'd want to replace the 'bulb' version with LED..
I think LC sell them around £55? Or at least they did! Couldn't find it when I went to order so imported this one that took around four weeks to get to me. With that said, I'm going to be taking it off and filling the hole and the badges holes to for a total clean look. Fits good, but the seal isn't great, was going to get a oe seal from standard one and use that but since decided going for the clean rear look.

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Post by Goobie » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:06 pm

Next I moved onto stripping the car down. Removed the braking system for a refresh and replacements of discs, pads and brake lines.

Also, sanded and recoated the brake dust shields and made a start on wire brushing the calipers and rebuilding them with new internals.
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Post by Goobie » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:15 pm

Following on my cleaning process, I noticed when arch cleaning that the drivers side engine mount had worn, so got my self a set of uprated one.

These are new, but fitted to a car project that got abandon, so bolted on and never actually used, so won them at a decent price I think.
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Post by Goobie » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:34 pm

kopite72 wrote:good work,did you use claybar on her? if not it would have made shifting all the crap off her a lot easier plus the finish you get from claying the car is great.The paint comes up like glass,beautifully smooth
Hi, yes, you've beating me to my update on this. Yeah, I got autoglym clay kit a week later. Shame I didn't wait till I got it before tackling it all.

So as said, I got my clay bar kit, never done this before and my god, it sounded like I was chopping wood with a hand saw the paint was that bad! I got a few picture, but as your see, I spent around ten hours clay baring this car well into the night, the neighbours must of thought I was mad as was still at it till 1:30am.

Sadly, no real good after photos as was dark then it rained the next day.

Recommend clay baring massively to anyone, my car looked amazing after! It still needs more going over in some areas though as there still some real stubborn metal swarf looking parts stuck on the paint, but mostly gone now thankfully.
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Post by Scartlead » Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:42 pm

Love to see under a car, in your case the arches, being super clean. Have you got the calipers sorted? looking to do my own shortly. btw great looking 8 :thumleft: .

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Post by Goobie » Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:46 pm

Scartlead wrote:Love to see under a car, in your case the arches, being super clean. Have you got the calipers sorted? looking to do my own shortly. btw great looking 8 :thumleft: .

Thanks
Thanks, some more pictures to follow on that. Calipers was a nightmare, but only because I'm a little fussy at times and gone the whole way with removing them and stripping them down when you could just give them a good wire brush on the car and paint only the parts you see.

So, as I was busy taking things off the car which I might add, nothing seized or snapped on me as of yet, new parts had started to arrive.

First up, the usual ToyoSports exhaust system. Removing the exhaust off the car was pretty easy, all undone without a care in the world. Can't help but think it must of had something else on at some point as even the cat and manifold all undone. In fact, the hardest part was trying to get the rubber mounts off, what a pain in the a** that was!

Anyway, I had loads of heat wrap left from another build, so we decided to wrap it all with it. Before anyone pops up, I am aware about wrapping can cause the welds etc to crack, I'm not overly fussed about this as the system so cheap plus it a car for fun at weekends in etc.
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Post by Goobie » Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:02 pm

After getting all itchy wrapping the exhaust it was time to remove all the suspension and the old worn engine mounts and then get onto fitting the exhaust.

I since removed the second air pump that blows into the manifold on cold starts as now be running a decat.

So I quickly used the gasket to draw up a template on a sheet of metal to make a blanking plate then chopped, drill and gave it a coat of paint and away I went. Also, whilst I was at it, fitted the uprated engine mounts.
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Post by Goobie » Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:44 pm

Spent more time on the wheel arches, did some extensive degreasing and rubbing down followed by recoat of Black 3M Stone Guard, plus re done a few areas under the car to.
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Post by MadTaz » Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:52 pm

Looking really good there, although not sure wrapping the exhaust is a good idea.

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Post by Goobie » Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:18 pm

MadTaz wrote:Looking really good there, although not sure wrapping the exhaust is a good idea.
Hi, yeah, already aware, thanks. Should be fun getting off whilst fitted.

Next up, more parts had started turning up, renewing the brakes. Nothing to fancy as this is just a road car, no plans on tracking it etc.

I went with straight grooved discs, prefer grooves personally and some average all round brake pads followed by a set of Goodridge Braided brake line and calipers rebuild kit.
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Re: G's S2 R3 C/W Refresh Build Thread.

Post by Goobie » Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:38 pm

My first job was to do a bit of rust control on the discs. So I masked them all up, made the central area I'm painting slightly wider to make sure I get proper coverage, so that once they are on and I've done a few braking stops, the pads will wear the over lap off and give a perfect clean line minimising bare metal non contact area for the dreaded rust.
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Re: G's S2 R3 C/W Refresh Build Thread.

Post by Scartlead » Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:09 pm

Looks great :thumleft: . It really is the little things :D Seen the pic of your teins, they really do look pretty and of course help with the ride quality over oem.

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Re: G's S2 R3 C/W Refresh Build Thread.

Post by Scartlead » Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:17 pm

Goobie wrote:
MadTaz wrote:Looking really good there, although not sure wrapping the exhaust is a good idea.
Hi, yeah, already aware, thanks. Should be fun getting off whilst fitted.

Next up, more parts had started turning up, renewing the brakes. Nothing to fancy as this is just a road car, no plans on tracking it etc.

I went with straight grooved discs, prefer grooves personally and some average all round brake pads followed by a set of Goodridge Braided brake line and calipers rebuild kit.



Could I ask where you got the rebuild kit ?

Am looking to order these one's http://www.biggred.co.uk/brakecaliperre ... _brk205492

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Re: G's S2 R3 C/W Refresh Build Thread.

Post by Goobie » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:01 pm

Scartlead wrote:

Could I ask where you got the rebuild kit ?

Am looking to order these one's http://www.biggred.co.uk/brakecaliperre ... _brk205492
I bought them a bit at a time via eBay, front parts are from this seller.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231720579749

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331639158781

Rears from here, although I can't find the rear piston parts now.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331884157328

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